- *********************************ERIC ASHFORDThe Work of Love
Soul working is the only work we can really do. For
whatever manifests from that workspace, is the reality of
ourselves. It is important to understand that this science
does not make anything though, it just initiates the
conscious creator into the art of creation.
Creation does not invent. It does not put together two
concepts to make three or any multiplication. It does not
seek to be a repeatable concept that holds itself up as our
truth. It is as the ancients say- an alchemy. A
metamorphosis of one state of being into another.
First though, the laboratory must be found, and this is the
great enigma, for the soul does not exist as an integral
structure. It is a bridge that is realized only by walking
upon it. Each experimental step we take, forms another
span of conscious extension from one arch of becoming to
the next. Yet, lets not think of segments, but of how the
sunset is a bridge to the sunrise. Light allows darkness to
give birth to new daylight by dying to itself.
Thus our workshop is a crucible of conscious space we
provide for ourselves in order to work with the imagination
of trust. Trust is the melting pot forged by our willingness to
cease from invention, in order to transmute into unknown
creation. A fire that we must breathe upon with the breath
of desire. This desire is our catalyst. It is the potential of the
soul, just as night is the potential for day.
When we speak of abiding within the heart of love, we are
saying that we are willing to be both the bellows and the
breath of creation. Not a soul maintained by immutable
truth, but the spirit of God investigating the reality of two in
One. This wind of change becomes our wings. Just as a
butterfly absorbs itself in the cocoon, desiring flight from
the death of its former limitations.
Life is not death. For death has no function but to
illuminate eternal life. The work of the soul is to absorb its
assumed realities in the fire of transcendence. It loves itself
enough, to die to itself, and so it becomes the works of love.
The very expression of God in us.
There is a wine that only lovers drink.
It has been fermented and brought forth
through infinite realms of you and I.
Learn to drink this secretly
in the cavern of the heart.
Being Gods thirst
we become One drink.
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CAROLINETruth beyond any statement
The Universe is the Practical Joke of the General at the Expense of
the Particular, quoth FRATER PERDURABO, and laughed.
But those disciples nearest to him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow.
Those next to them laughed, seeing the Universal Joke.
Below these certain disciples wept.
Then certain laughed.
Others next wept.
Others next laughed.
Next others wept.
Next others laughed.
Last came those that wept because they could not see the Joke, and
those that laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke,
and thought it safe to act like FRATER PERDURABO.
But though FRATER PERDURABO laughed openly, He also at the same time
wept secretly; and in Himself He neither laughed nor wept.
Nor did He mean what He said.
From Aleister Crowley's "Book of Lies"CAROLINE
On September 2, 2001 at 10:14:45 AM, Gregory Goode
< (i) there ain't no such thing as a jivamukti, or
< (ii) there is only one jivamukti in existence, or
< (iii) jivamuktis have some individuality of some kind
< If you deny (iii), you rob yourself of any means of
< distinguishing Ramana from Buddha or whoever else you count as a
< There's an old philosophical saying in the Western tradition,
< "Indiscernibles are identical."
And what if both (ii) and (iii) were true? What for would you want to
distinguish Ramana from Buddha from Jesus Christ from Nisargadatta
from whoever else if their worth comes precisely from their jivamukti
condition and so they are only there as witnesses conveying the
message of universal unity? (as we all should understand we are)
"You are everywhere,
"Forever and truly free,
"The single witness of all things.
"But if you see yourself as separate,
"Then you are bound.
Anybody can be right, given the proper point of view... :- )
CarolineXAN~ One more thing beginners mind doesn't do:
Make long lists of what it doesn't do.
Beginners mind doesn't know what's right or wrong;
Beginners mind doesn't know how serious it is;
(two's company three's a list)TONY O'CLERYWest's debt to Islam and AfganistanNamaste All,
Whilst the West was wallowing in the dark ages, Islam was flourishing.
One of the greatest if not the greatest mystic poet, Jalaluddin Rumi
was an Afghani, b 1207.
These Sufis added a mystic dimension to Islam which carried the writ
from India to Spain.
Without the tolerance and scholarship of the Arabs there would have
been no renaissance in Europe. No scholasticism either, for all the
greek texts were preserved in Arabic, after being lost to the West.
The Jews also owe a great debt to the tolerance of the Muslims, that
allowed them to explore their beliefs, with people like Maimonides
So the likes of Ibn Arabi of Spain are the ones whose knowledge and
mysticims travelled over the pyrenees into a barbaric Europe.
'He makes plain to the pilgrim, the secrets of the Way of Unity and
unveils the Mysteries of the Path of Eternal Truth.' Dr Samuel Johnson
on Rumi and his Masnavi.